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Police warn about string of hotel robberies

Posted November 25, 2011
Updated November 26, 2011

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— Police are looking for a man who might be involved in at least nine armed robberies at area hotels and motels within the past week, including three Friday morning.

A police spokesman said six robberies have occurred in Raleigh since Sunday. Another robbery happened in Cary, and two others were reported in Garner.

In each case, the robber was masked, often by a white or light-colored cloth, and showed or implied that he had a weapon.

"We think they are all connected," said Lt. Steve Wilkins of the Cary Police Department. "We think it is the same suspect."

There have been no reports of injuries, but authorities want to catch the man before someone gets hurt.

"His luck is going to run out, and we are going to find him, or he is going to continue to become more and more violent," Wilkins said.

hotel Nine robberies may be connected

Friday's robberies happened at the Comfort Suites, at 4440 Capital Blvd., at 12:47 a.m.; Sheraton Hotel, at 421 S. Salisbury St., at 5:37 a.m.; and Red Roof Inn, at 1813 S. Saunders St., at 5:53 a.m.

The Wingate Inn, at 2610 Westinghouse Blvd., was robbed Tuesday at 7:38 p.m.; the Comfort Inn, at 2539 S. Saunders St., at 7:25 p.m. on Monday; and the Rodeway Inn, at 2641 Appliance Court, at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

In Cary, the Hilton Doubletree, near Crossroads Plaza shopping center, was robbed shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Details of the Garner robberies weren't available Friday.

At the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh, guests were using common sense to stay safe.

Ned Willett, visiting from Harlowe, said, "We told our kids to stay in numbers and always go somewhere together and watch each other's back and not to go alone."

Kevin Nixon, in Raleigh with his family for the Pop Warner Mid-South Regional Football Championship, said, "I have never had any problems, so I guess it is pretty safe."

Wilkins and his law enforcement colleagues want to keep it that way.

"We don't want to see anybody get hurt," he said.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357, the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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  • jenjengirl89 Nov 25, 2011

    twc "Maybe the media is too big or busy to publish police reports. Some small town media outlets do print police logs. Wish I knew about one locally"
    You're kidding right? Daily police reports are maintained all over the internet for Wake County and for its municipalities. They have been for years now.

    http://apps.newsobserver.com/know/crime/

  • twc Nov 25, 2011

    Has anyone else ever wondered why multiple crimes occur but you hardly ever hear about them until after there are many occurrences.

    Maybe the media is too big or busy to publish police reports. Some small town media outlets do print police logs. Wish I knew about one locally.

  • Wags Nov 25, 2011

    Don't most if not all people pay for their room with a credit or debit card. How much can can they have on hand?

  • twc Nov 25, 2011

    "It appears that this guy is white. Wouldn't it possibly be helpful to to include that somewhere in the article?
    BrightLight"

    I believe the policy on that derives from not wanting to discriminate.

    I agree with you, that is a very important part of a description; no matter what color.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 25, 2011

    I know him, that looks like the unknown comic
    mfarmer1
    November 25, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    LOL, I was thinking the same thing.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 25, 2011

    It appears this guy is blue, maybe even blueish green. Wouldn't that be helpful to (no need for the other to) include that somewhere in the article?

  • BrightLight Nov 25, 2011

    It appears that this guy is white. Wouldn't it possibly be helpful to to include that somewhere in the article?

  • mfarmer1 Nov 25, 2011

    I know him, that looks like the unknown comic

  • kampercam Nov 25, 2011

    Nice video captures. I'll be on the look out for Kaiser Soze.